Earth Overshoot Day 2017
fell on August 2.

Calculate your personal
Overshoot Day!

By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.

NEWSFLASH:
France’s Minister of Ecological Transition addresses the nation on Earth Overshoot Day
(with English subtitles):

New Footprint Calculator highlights solutions just in time for Earth Overshoot Day

Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day this year with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator at www.footprintcalculator.org.

The new Footprint Calculator allows users to measure their own demand on nature (Ecological Footprint) and assess their personal Earth Overshoot Day. A user’s personal Earth Overshoot day is the date Earth Overshoot Day would be if all people had their Footprint.

“Our planet is finite, but human possibilities are not. Living within the means of one planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future,” said Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of Global Footprint Network and co-creator of the Ecological Footprint. “We hope our new Footprint Calculator enables millions more people around the world to explore sustainability solutions and gain an uplifting sense of the possibilities available to society.”

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Explore Solutions

Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in four major areas for improving sustainability: food, cities, population, and energy to #movethedate.

Food

How we meet one of our most basic needs–food–is a powerful way to influence sustainability. Sourcing food locally and avoiding highly processed foods can lower the Ecological Footprint. Learn More

Cities

Eighty percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Consequently, city planning and urban development strategies are instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand. Learn More

Population

Being committed to everyone living secure lives in a world of finite resources requires addressing population growth. Empowering women is essential for global sustainability. Learn More

Energy

Decarbonizing the economy is our best possible chance to address climate change, and would improve the balance between our Ecological Footprint and the planet’s renewable natural resources. Learn More

How will YOU #movethedate of Earth Overshoot Day?

Choose one or more of our pledges below to #movethedate and create a sustainable future!

PLEDGE 1: I try a new vegetarian recipe

PLEDGE 1: I try a new vegetarian recipe

June 2, 2017

PLEDGE 2: I ride social!

PLEDGE 2: I ride social!

May 12, 2017

PLEDGE 3: I dive into data

PLEDGE 3: I dive into data

June 20, 2017

PLEDGE 4: I reach out to my city leaders to challenge them to #movethedate

PLEDGE 4: I reach out to my city leaders to challenge them to #movethedate

June 27, 2017

PLEDGE 5: I take on food waste

PLEDGE 5: I take on food waste

July 11, 2017

PLEDGE 6: I donate to support one planet prosperity

PLEDGE 6: I donate to support one planet prosperity

July 18, 2017

PLEDGE 7: I calculate my own Earth Overshoot Day and become a Footprint Champion!

PLEDGE 7: I calculate my own Earth Overshoot Day and become a Footprint Champion!

July 31, 2017

Take action to #movethedate!

Add a photo of yourself making good on your pledge to our #movethedate map!

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Media Coverage

Habitantes de la Tierra rompen peligroso récord de consumo de recursos naturales / Univision

Habitantes de la Tierra rompen peligroso récord de consumo de recursos naturales / Univision

August 2, 2017

Living on credit: humans blow 2017 budget for Earth’s natural resources a day sooner than last year / South China Morning Post

Living on credit: humans blow 2017 budget for Earth’s natural resources a day sooner than last year / South China Morning Post

August 2, 2017

El miércoles, viviremos ‘a crédito’ con los recursos naturales de la Tierra / El Deber

El miércoles, viviremos ‘a crédito’ con los recursos naturales de la Tierra / El Deber

August 2, 2017

EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY 2017: HUMAN BEINGS HAVE ALREADY USED UP THE PLANET’S NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR / Newsweek

EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY 2017: HUMAN BEINGS HAVE ALREADY USED UP THE PLANET’S NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR / Newsweek

August 2, 2017

Este miércoles se habrán agotado los recursos renovables / Debate

Este miércoles se habrán agotado los recursos renovables / Debate

August 2, 2017

It’s Earth Overshoot Day: We’ve used more resources than nature can regenerate in 2017 / CNBC

It’s Earth Overshoot Day: We’ve used more resources than nature can regenerate in 2017 / CNBC

August 2, 2017

Earth Overshoot Day observes global resource consumption, excessive use / CGTN

Earth Overshoot Day observes global resource consumption, excessive use / CGTN

August 2, 2017

World in Progress: Living beyond global resources / DW

World in Progress: Living beyond global resources / DW

August 2, 2017

2017 Partners

By the Numbers

3800
million years ago life first evident on Earth
95
increase in world population since 1970
-52
decline in average population size of vertebrate species since 1970
60
of humanity’s Ecological Footprint is carbon

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Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are now available for free on our Ecological Footprint Explorer Open Data Platform at data.footprintnetwork.org.